Kentucky Brunch Brand Stout | Toppling Goliath Brewing Company

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Kentucky Brunch Brand StoutKentucky Brunch Brand Stout

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Toppling Goliath Brewing Company
Iowa, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
This beer is the real McCoy. Barrel aged and crammed with coffee, none other will stand in it’s way. Sought out for being delicious, it is notoriously difficult to track down. If you can find one, shoot to kill, because it is definitely wanted... dead or alive.

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Reviews: 105 | Ratings: 569
Photo of darktain
5/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Review from Pre Superbowl Whale share-

2016 Bottle(2oz pour)

Look - Black, little to nohead

Nose - insane, instantly waves of maple and from a distance

Taste - followed the nose with a divine balance of roastiness, maple notes and barrel

Feel - Thick, lingered in the mouth and on the lips for what seemed like for a while

Overall - For me this met and exceeded the beer I ever had

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Photo of Fireman_RK
4.89/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2016 batch
L: Pours an insanely thick dark mocha and chocolate syrup hue with a minimal rusty head
S: Upon cracking the cap an intense Grade B maple syrup aroma filled my nostrils. The maple is complemented by roasted coffee and Nestle Toll House chocolate chips
T: Insane. A complete breakfast in a glass - a hearty full stack of chocolate chip pancakes drowning in Fancy grade syrup and a full pint of Grade B. Molasses, caramel, and butterscotch round out the middle. Finally, a slightly bitter black cup of java on the finish - very complex
F: Thick, rich and syrupy.
O: I realize that KBBS needed another review like I need a hole in my head, but man, given the effort to track this one down I felt compelled to at least write some notes - maybe I'll share this review with my grand kids someday. This beer is effortlessly rich and complex. The barrel aging is subtle and lets the stout stand on its own two feet. All around this is incredible and one I feel fortune to have tried.

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Photo of rabbott2
5/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2016 vintage drank in the #proper KBBS 2016 glassware on 2/12/2017. Bottle #438

Look - thick and oily, deep and dark brown, with minimal head. About as little head as possible while still having some. The lacing on this was incredible. It just stuck all over the glass, which in the end, left a nice little sip after it all settled back down.

Smell - the maple is massive! I am absolutely shocked at how strong the maple comes through after barrel aging. It's sweet and lovely but the maple itself is quite unique of a maple flavor. It's bold and awesome. The barrel and coffee open up with warming but nothing overpowering. The coffee was almost hidden till it really warmed. The bourbon barrel and fudgey chocolate are way ahead of coffee but way behind the maple.

Taste - definitely follows the nose. The coffee comes through a little more on the tongue than the nose. It's almost espresso-like as opposed to coffee. It is very straight forward, nothing too unique, but nothing short of exquisite.

Feel - thick AF. Nothing compares to it except maybe Assassin 2014. So much thicker than the next beer in line with thickness that I've had. Unreal. No booze at all. Could chug this if I didn't want to take as long as possible to drink and enjoy.

Overall - certainly lives up to the hype. Worth the long drive and chase for this vintage. Would love to try previous year's but doubtful I ever will.

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Photo of Spectre
5/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had batch 1 KBBS side by side with SR71, Assassin, BVDL, DBH, BA Abraxas and a few others not worth mentioning. When sampling back and forth the KBBS stood out above all. Not only did the body dominate but the flavors did not fall off in any way after sampling other high abv stouts. The smell is very similar to taste. Strong Bourbon Maple with a great espresso finish. Best beer I've ever had.

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Photo of COWHAWK
5/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

vintage 2016, First impression is the maple aroma is outstanding! Pours a nice black color with tons of coffee, chocolate, with the perfect amount of barrel coming through. Carbonation is spot on with a viscosity that is thicker than anything I've tried before. Absolutly lives up to the hype! 5/5

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Photo of wellsnb
5/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2106 vintage. Shared on 2/4/17. Bottle number 388. These TG stouts are crazy - they're like syrup. The scent is all maple, some coffee. Get a lot of hazelnut and coffee. Not much barrel - but it doesn't need it. Great, great beer.

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Photo of Drel
5/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Was able to track down a pour at RateBeerBest. This beer is like no other. The smell is of pure maple with a mouthfeel that goes right along with that smell. The taste is rich, chocolate, coffee, and not overpowering with the sweetness. Still in awe of getting to taste a beer I've never thought I would even be able to lay eyes on in my lifetime.

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Photo of fondyball20
4.9/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Vintage 2016, bottle 391

Pours a thick black liquid. Smells like straight maple syrup with a hint of coffee... huge nose. Tastes exactly like it smells, huge maple with coffee on the back end. Barely got any bourbon. I don't know if you can call this beer balanced but it's thick and packed with flavor. It met my expectation but not my top TG stout.

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Photo of WantonFaun
4.85/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Appearance is black, staining the glass like soy sauce in a bottle, with an incredibly thin dark brown head, floating around like muddy soap suds.

Smell: "Maple pecan mocha ice cream", I immediately think to myself. I don't even eat pecans. Hershey's liquid chocolate, molasses, breakfast at Denny's, but in a good way. A slight charred note. And of course, whisky with a slight alcohol note.

Flavor mostly follows the nose, though with a little less coffee than I would like and the addition of a slightly salty marmite/Vegemite umami note, which I'm learning comes from the whisky barrel. Still, incredible stuff.

Mouthfeel is the thickest I've ever experienced, though certainly not on level with actual molasses or syrup. Perhaps more along the lines of milk, though finding an exact comparison is difficult.

Save for its rather unsubtle profile, the beer is technically perfect, very complex, and easily rivals my other all time fave stout, Tree House's Good Morning, though for somewhat different reasons.

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Photo of YvesB
5/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Vintage 2016 poured in proper glassware. Maybe not as balanced as mornin delight b1 or as complex as sr-71, but this is a top tier beer. Mapple dominates over the coffee and whiskey. Definitely worth the hype.

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Photo of HawkeyeJosh
5/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer is incredible. It pours very thick, with a hint of a mocha-colored head. The smell is dark chocolate,maple, coffee. This is the best aroma from a beer I've ever gotten. All the aromas blend together perfectly. The taste follows the nose. It is a little bit too sweet on the finish for me, but that's like saying Kate Upton's hair is too long, it's a personal critique of something (someone) that's damn near perfect. The mouthfeel is super viscous, and super great. I was scared this beer wouldn't live up to the hype, but it is most definitely, 100%, worth it. Amazing beer.

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Photo of HarryS
5/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2016 bottle at Toppling Goliath poured into KBBS glass.

Wow. Just wow. I don't know if it's even possible that a better beer exists. Pours like Motor oil. Smells like you opened a bottle of maple syrup with coffee crammed inside the bottle. Taste follows the nose. Pure maple that lingers for a while after you drink it. Feel is the thickest most viscous drink I've ever had. Only thing thicker is actual maple syrup. Overall, this is hands down the best beer I think I will ever have. Worth everything you can give up for it. Well done, TG!

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Photo of jphipps83
4.99/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This blew me away. Probably drank this prematurely, but who cares.

Pitch black, dark brown head. Nose is maple syrup, vanilla, bourbon. I knew it was about to be special.

Taste followed the nose with a little bit of added heat. Spectacular and worth the wait.

This beer lived up to the hype, which many don't. Well done, TG, well done.

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Photo of SinjaminBentek
5/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Epic Lincoln, Nebraska share!

Batch 3 poured into a Teku.

Look - Dirty motor oil.

Smell - Maple Fucking Bomb!!!!! Explosive!!!!

Taste - Maple af, coffee, chocolate, bourbon (no heat), barrel, all of these big bold flavors come together and meld perfectly. So special.

Mouthfeel - The viscosity is some where between milk and syrup. Unreal!!

Overall - Lives up to the hype.

Grade A+

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Photo of Fux
4.55/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

'14 vintage, side by side with MD batch 2, SR-71 and yellow wax Assassin. Botlle generously shared by Chris at our Tasting to Sink all Sea Shepherds. Thanks a lot!
A: Black, thick, sticks to the glass. Small, very dark head. Quite a good retention.
S: Smell is awesome, maple, raisins, coffee, dark fruits, dried fruits and liquorice, all mixing very well together. Very strong and powerful nose. Quite intoxicating.
T: Taste follows the nose with coffee, vanilla, tons of chocolate and dried fruits. Fudge and liquorice. Quite sweet and a bit of alcohol. Strong but not very lingering.
M: Thick and viscous, sticking. Alcohol is felt. Heavy mouthfeel but still a good sipper.
O: Very good stout, with an awesome smell, very good mix of flavors.

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Photo of ragnar3
5/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2014 Vintage, poured from the bottle into a taster. As close to a perfect beer as I've come across - great combination of maple, coffee and barrel that lingers for seemingly forever.

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Photo of Awolter
5/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

If there's any beer that deserves the rating of a 5, it's this one. Generously shared by Clark at the Chainsmoker release on 9/16, 2014 Gold Wax version.

Decadent chocolate, with a strong maple mouthfeel and coffee flavor with the perfect hint of bourbon. Every part of it comes together perfectly to make a truly amazing beer.

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Photo of bismarksays
4.4/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours black, no head at all. Sticky lacing is present. Overall, looks good.
Smell: Big coffee notes, sweet maple, vanilla, fudge
Taste follows the same, but it is even bolder
Mouthfeel: Oily and sticky all at once but not necessarily creamy. IF there is a flaw in this beer, it is here. KBS, BCBS pre ABI days, and some of the other heavy hitters are simply more pleasing to the mouth to actually drink.
Overall, this is a very good beer. I would even lean to say a great beer, but my personal preference, the syrupy style of RIS is just not what I am looking for.

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Photo of sendsilk
5/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wow, seriously the perfect beer. I had this 2013 bottle about 6 months ago thanks to a good friend of mine, cheers! The mouthfeel, the viscosity, the coffee smell and taste, seriously, if there is a better beer out there I would love to try it side by side with this one. My only fault with this beer is that it only comes in 12 oz. and is nearly impossible to obtain.

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Photo of Mar02x
4.66/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I had on 23rd of July '16 the KBBS '13 and '14 side by side and I have to say that there was a significant difference. The '13 was much better and the '14 still so boozy. The '13 lived up to the hype and was simply fantastic. A true whale if you love your stouts.

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Photo of anitalfeeuq
5/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle, served in a snifter glass thanks to @jaken0ss at a big share

I don't think this beer has a single flaw aside of the fact that the bottle is only 12 oz and you're sad when it's done. Mouthfeel is unreal, nose is insane maple, vanilla, very complex. Taste lives up to the hype, although with a $1,250 price tag now, hard to justify buying a bottle. Wait till the next release, hope and pray it it's a big bottle count with generous Iowa traders.

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Photo of LethalChickens
5/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Lives up to the hype. It has pretty amazing flavors and very well put together. TG Barrel aging is one of the best out there. Couldn't hate on this even if I wanted to.

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Photo of joodstryr
4.84/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Simply put, this is by far and away one of the best stouts on the market. Ever. Thick like oil, nose of bourbon, vanilla, maple and chocolate. Taste matches the Smell. Great beer.

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Photo of mayxday
5/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Overall this is an incredible beer. It pours like motor oil, like every other TG stout. It smells like maple syrup, bourbon, chocolate and vanilla. Tastes exactly how it smells and coats your mouth as your drink it. So lucky to have tried this.

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Photo of Mojua
5/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I've had the 2014 twice, and it's hands down my favorite BA stout. The nose, body, and layers of complexity are absolutely extraordinary....maple, coffee, endless barrel....a work of art.

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